I'm still exhausted from that mind-blowingly-long flight home, of course, but I'm starting to process our two week trip to another way of life. Italians still have their center right on family and friends and food and that deep enjoyment of everyday life, and I want to bring that back into my new life.
Here are some truths I want to keep with me:
1. Biting into a big red tomato doesn't have to be a disappointment.
Biting into a big red tomato was a glorious experience in Italy. Every single time. Are we really adding big red tomatoes to our salads and pizzas and hamburgers just for a splash of color? I want more from my tomatoes.
2. Work is important, but it isn't everything.
Americans work an average of 47 hours per week. Workers in Italy work an average of 38.8 hours. You do the math.
No one came to my table in Italy five seconds after I ate my last bite of food and said, "Through with this plate?"
Social media adds a delightful dimension to life (I wouldn't be talking with you right now if not for it) but it can also be a huge distraction. People. I want to focus on people. If it's not connecting me to others, it may need to go.
I'm still thinking about all these things.
EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
I know about seismic life transitions, but it's been a long time since I actually experienced childbirth or marriage or getting a job. Now I'm head-first into some big ones. I have retired from the most wonderful job in the world, working as a primary school librarian. My husband has also retired. After working for forty-four years in various aspects of civil engineering, he will now be at home with me every day.
It's an opportunity to create our days for ourselves.
It's enormously exciting. It's enormously scary.
What are you reading today?
What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.
The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.
It is now being hosted here.
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.